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Parliamentary question - P-000174/2016Parliamentary question

EU-Morocco trade agreement and adverse impact on agricultural production in Mediterranean countries

Question for written answer P-000174-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Salvatore Domenico Pogliese (PPE)

The Court of Justice of the European Union has annulled the EU-Morocco trade agreement. That agreement has had serious consequences for sales of fruit and vegetable products in the Member States bordering the Mediterranean. The surplus supply from Morocco has caused particular damage to certain strategic sectors in Sicily, such as citrus fruit and tomatoes. The Council of the EU recently decided to extend economic sanctions against Russia for another six months, thereby removing the possibility of exporting products to that country. In the meantime, owing to the tensions in the Middle East, Turkey has rerouted its exports towards the EU. This fresh influx of products from outside the EU has led to a clear shrinkage in sales of domestic fruit and vegetables on the EU marketplace.

In the light of this, can the Commission state: